Veronica's Pay Slip Activity (individual or group activity)
Given this scenario:
Veronica works for Exodos Cleaning Services at South Island College. She is a night cleaner. Her husband works in a non-unionized factory. They have three children. They live in a low-income working class community.
In a normal week, Veronica works from 9 p.m. to 5.a.m. from Sunday to Thursday, with a half an hour off every night for a “midnight snack”. Her rate of pay is $8.40 per hour. She usually makes $336.00 before deductions for a 40-hour week. When she works overtime, she gets time and a half.
Last week, her co-worker, Maduri, stayed home with a sick daughter. So Veronica had to work extra hours. She worked until 6:00 a.m. on Monday and until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, she worked until 7:30 a.m. On Friday morning, she worked her normal shift. Veronica’s pay for last week was more than usual, but it is less than she expected.
Here is Veronica’s pay slip:
What do you do?
Ask learners to respond to the following questions:
Is Veronica’s pay correct?
What should she do about it, if it’s not correct?
Taking up the activity:
In a group, ask learners to talk about what they did to figure out the answer.
- What information did you need to see if the statement is correct?
- What strategies did you use to figure it out?
- What did you finally do to figure it out?
- What did you find out about how you did it? What about the result?